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Volunteers help clean up damage

Greece, N.Y. -- Community volunteers are pledging to help a Rochester cemetery clean up damage from vandals.

More than 40 headstones, some weighing close to 1,500 pounds, at the Britton Road Cemetery have been toppled.

After hearing about the damage, Woody Hilfiker drove in from Wayne County to help.

"I'm here to volunteer, just tell me what to do. I am able bodied, I'm healthy, and I'm willing to do it," says Hilfiker.

The damage is wide spread. Many stones are separated from their bases and will have to be hoisted up then rebalanced.

Some in the Jewish community fear the vandalism is a reaction to the situation in the Middle East.

"Whether it was just kids being vandals or whether it is a message, I think it was a message," says Arnie Gissin, his father is buried at the cemetery. "I think it's a Jewish community and someone was intentionally doing something. I could be wrong and I hope I'm wrong."

Gissin says he is relieved that the gravestones of his family members were intact.

Volunteers plan to work together Friday to right as many as possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 423-9300.

 
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